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THE RIVETING SEQUEL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING YOU
“Kepnes hits the mark, cuts deep, and twists the knife.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Delicious and insane...The plot may be twisty and scintillating, but it’s Kepnes’s wit and style that keep you coming back.” —Lena Dunham
“Hypnotic and scary.” —Stephen King
“Obsessed.” —Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author
In the compulsively readable sequel to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”
In Hidden Bodies, the basis for season two of the hit Netflix series, You, Joe Goldberg returns.
Joe is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They reemerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Caroline Kepnes’ debut, You, really got under our skin, due in large part to her stalker antihero, Joe Goldberg. Now Joe’s back—and just as creepy—as he navigates a new relationship with a technology-averse, bookish, and warm-blooded blonde named Amy. Hidden Bodies is a great read: entertaining, unsettling, giddily deranged. We loved witnessing the manipulative, psychopathic Joe get a taste of his own medicine. When Joe heads to Los Angeles in search of revenge, Kepnes revels in skewering the city’s image-obsessed culture.
Joe Goldberg, the narrator of Kepnes's dark, quirky sequel to 2014's You, is a serial killer who otherwise leads a normal life as a New York City bookstore manager. Joe's relationship with M.F.A. student Guinevere Beck, whom he pursued in You, ended badly, and he's devastated when his current girlfriend, Amy Kendell Adam, mysteriously disappears. By tracing Amy's computer search history, Joe discovers that she has registered for an acting class in Hollywood. He vows to go there, find Amy, and make her pay for deserting him. Once in Hollywood, he continues his murder spree, all the while hoping to find Amy. In his search, he meets many well-drawn characters, including an L.A. policeman and a rich, drug-addicted playboy. Meanwhile, Joe undergoes a surprising personal transformation, and remarkably, the author convinces the reader to empathize with her killer protagonist.
Great book, beware of cliffhanger
I finished this book within 3 days and I gotta say it was a great one. As you read you really want to find out what’s going to happen to you keep reading. I find myself always rooting for Joe. I don’t wanna put spoilers here but the reason I gave this book 4 stars was due to the ending. It’s a cliffhanger ending and I hope the third book is released soon.
Reading the first book, I was amazed with the ability of the author to write in such a way that made me unable to put the book down. The first book was captivating, and horrifying, it really captured the essence of a stalker, and how dangerous men like Joe can be. This book is a poor continuation of the first book. Joe is much like a teenager in this book, the only thing on his mind is lust.
Moreso, Love is frankly an unbearable character, and is nothing like her character in the show. Her sole personality trait is her ridiculous wealth, throwing underwear away after one use.. I cant stand reading about her in this way. She seems ridiculous and shallow, I see none of the duality of her warmth and cunning from the show. She is written like a kiddie pool, I’m not surprised the screenwriters went with a different direction regarding her. Do not recommend anyone reading this if they loved Love from the show, her character being written like this just put a bad taste in my mouth and gave me the indication that Joe has horrible taste in women.
Overall, I can say that it wasn’t as good as the first book however I was finding myself reading this fairly quickly in order to find out what happens next.
It’s hardly anything like the tv show so don’t expect anything like that. I actually think the second season of the show is better than this block, plot wise.
Though I’ll still be reading the next book in this serious as it does keep me fairly interested.